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    Vintage Sailor in Original Condition

    Here is an early Sailor cue from the mid to late1970’s. Both original owner and cuemaker are long gone now. He made quite a few cues very similar to this early on. This one is completely original with the distinctive flare on the butt cap, the “sailor” stamp impression on the forearm and the...
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    Joss Weight Bolt Puzzle.

    I have a Joss cue that has a cracked butt cap that I need to replace. I removed the rubber bumber and there is a weight bolt with a standard bolt head that is recessed into the plastic. I've tried every socket that I have, standard and deep and I can't get one with walls thin enough to get in...
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    Replacing tip on Ivery Ferrule, anything I need to know?

    Just a quick question; I have a guy who wants new tips on some shafts with ivory ferrules and he is, understandably, very picky about the appearance and condition of his ferrules. I've done plenty of tip changes but so far I don't believe that I have ever worked with an ivory ferrule. Is there...
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    Bright white spots in Purpleheart?

    Recently I've come across a couple of pieces of purpleheart that have what looks like bright white colored flecks and veins in the grain. I thought it was just surface debris that got embedded in the grain but when I turned the wood down it was still there. Has anybody seen this before? Are...
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    This Old House (Cue).

    A while back a friend of mine paid 2$ for a whole bunch of old house cues. He gave them to me because I make cues. Most of the cues were cheap asian junk made of Ramin wood and I put them out on the curb for the trashman. Mixed in were a couple normal type house cues but there was one old cue...
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    Itchy, swollen eyes?

    Lately I've been spending more time than usual in the basement with the lathe and twice now I've had my eyelids and the area under my eyes get itchy and puffy and stay that way for days. I would imagine that the dust is causing the problem but I don't know if it's one type of wood or just dust...
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    If you could only use 5 types of wood?

    Okay, this is kind of a fun question/survey but I want to see what experienced cuemakers say. There are a lot of woods that I haven't used yet but I'm already finding ones I like better than others. So, let's say that for the rest of your cue building days you could only use five types of wood...
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    Elforyn?

    I apologize in advance if this has been covered but has anybody used this material and if so how do you like it? I'm looking for something white with good machining properties. I have some white Atlas linen phenolic material that I use and I like working with it but it's very difficult to keep...
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    Green "spotting" in birdseye maple?

    I recently got some birdseye maple and I noticed that the pieces have some olive drab/green marks on them that go so deep into the wood that they can't be turned out. A couple of years ago I got some really cool honey colored birdseye with lots of figuring but it had a lot of these spots on it...
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    Here's one of mine.

    I'm new at this and have only built a dozen or so cues. This one has an Ebony forearm with a birdseye handle, linen phenolic butt cap and joint rings, a 5/16-14 pin, 12.5 mm shaft, 19.75 oz. I'm working on my first cue with a 4-point V-groove forearm. I think I've finally got it this time...
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    Question about posting pictures.

    HI Everybody; :confused: This is a dumb question but how does everybody get these nice, high-resolution pictures posted? When I try to attach pictures from my computer with a posting it says that the files are too large and are limited to 500 (kb?). What do I need to do? Signed...
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    Hot setup for accurate inlay strips?

    Hello; I'm still new at this and I'm making simple cues with a Cuesmith Deluxe and no inlay machine for complex shapes. My lathe has indexing and I can mount the router in the carriage to cut slots. My question is if there is a really accurate way to cut strips of uniform width to put in...
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    Pechauer Pin Type?

    A friend of mine has an older Pechauer (5+ years old) and he managed to split the shaft lengthwise using it as a break-cue with a phenolic tip. He wants me to make him a new shaft. I haven't seen the cue but I asked him to desribe the joint set-up for me. He says that the pin looks like "a...
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    Source for final sized shaft blanks?

    Hello; I'm looking to purchase some pro-taper shaft blanks that are pretty close to final dimensions (13.5 or so) so that I only need to sand them to the final dimensions. I'm a hobbyist (still quite new at this) with one lathe and limited time who only builds a few cues a year, it's not...
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    Source for Metric Endmills for Dots?

    I'm a new cuemaker and I want to add some dots to spice up my cues a little. I noticed that Atlas has dots in various metric diameters so I just need to figure out how to drill the holes. I have an idexing lathe with a router on the toolpost that will accept bits with 1/4 or 1/8 inch shanks...
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    Advice on cutting points?

    Hello: I'm a fairly new cuemaker/repairman who does this as a hobby. Everything I've built so far has been had a solid forearm but I'm starting to experiment with points. My goal at this time is simply to make a very simple 4-point forearm with clean lines where everything matches up...
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    Solid Ebony Forearm?

    Hello: I'm still new to cuemaking (as a hobbyist) and I've sold a few cues locally. I have gotten requests from a couple folks to build cues with ebony forearms and I'm wondering how the cues would balance. Has anybody used solid ebony forearms (not cored) ? I'm not really set up to do...
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    Matching a new shaft to a finished cue.

    Hello: I'm still new to this and recently had to make a 2nd shaft for an existing cue for the first time. When I went to turn down the joint rings on the shaft to match the butt of the cue there was a high spot. I could get a nice flush fit about 3/4 of the way around the circumference...
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    Signing a cue..what to use?

    Hello: I'm a new hobbyist cuemaker and I have a question: I'm designing a cue for a family member as a gift and I want to sign the cue. I've seen plenty of pictures of cues that have been signed but what's the best thing to use? What type of pen or pencil will give a dark enough and fine...
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    Thank you everyone we have a winner!

    I just wanted to thank all the people who responded to my previous thread "finish for a beginner/hobbyist?" I got some good responses and several great PM's on the subject. I gave up on the Minwax polyurethane and polyacrylic because neither would buff out very well. I'm gaining...
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